Substantial Analytical Writing Requirement

During the second or third year of law school, students must undertake a Substantial Analytic Writing (SAW) project. This experience of sustained and intensive work on a specific project is a core element of a student’s legal education. The content and format of the writing project may vary within a wide range. For example, a student may choose to examine a specific proposal for law reform, drawing on empirical research or materials from a field other than law. Alternatively, a student may choose to draw on his/her clinical experience to analyze a specific legal problem. Whatever the format, one of the central objectives of the project should assist students in developing superior writing skills. In accordance with the standard promulgated by the American Bar Association, the project must constitute a "rigorous writing experience." Students may satisfy the SAW requirement by completing a faculty supervised writing project undertaken for a minimum of two units that is certified by the supervising faculty member as satisfying the requirement of a rigorous writing experience. The writing project must be graded and may not be completed on a pass/fail basis. In general, the SAW requirement may be satisfied by a Law 340 or Law 341 independent research paper, a seminar paper, or a paper for other advanced courses. 

Below is a list of courses offered in 2019-20 where faculty have indicated the required papers might satisfy the SAW requirement. Please consult the individual faculty to verify that your work product in a given course will satisfy the requirement.

D. Beglin

This course will provide an introduction to some of the central issues in the philosophy of law. We will specifically consider questions in analytical jurisprudence (the study of the nature of law)...

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R. Steinberg

This course examines the most important legal frameworks governing international trade relations between states. Focusing on the law of the World Trade Organization (WTO), the North American Free...

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F. Olsen

As dissent becomes criminalized and activity that has previously been considered legitimate dissent can land one in jail, the distinction between exercising freedom of speech and engaging in civil...

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K. Abou El Fadl

This course will introduce students to international refugee law and U.S. asylum law. Some background in immigration law would be helpful, but it is not necessary. Students without any background in...

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E. Parson

This course examines how society manages-–or fails to manage-–environmental issues that fall beyond the authority or capability of one national government. Class sessions will be divided roughly...

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M. Roberts

UCLA School of Law has established the Resnick Center for Food Law and Policy, which has emerged as a thought leader in this new field. The Resnick Center recognizes the important role of food law...

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E. Parson

This course will examine the challenges posed to legal arrangements and institutions of government by certain societal trends – principally related to technological advance and environmental stress –...

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J. Park

This seminar and workshop allows students to explore topics introduced in the basic corporate law and securities regulation classes in greater depth. It does so through a combination of course...

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K. Stone

Requirements: four brief response papers and one research paper This seminar will will look at the changing nature of the employment relationship and its implications for labor and employment...

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R. Tsosie

This seminar explores the legal, moral, and political dimensions of climate change policy in relation to Indigenous peoples. Within the United States, federally-recognized Indian tribes are...

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N. Netanel D. Nimmer

Social media both underwrite a golden age of free speech and threaten to undermine democracy. Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, and other social media bring unprecedented opportunities for...

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J. Michaels

This seminar examines the increasing powerful theory and practice of "running government like a business." We will consider local, state, and federal case studies in which government operates...

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A. Heinrich D. Lichtman K. Orso

This seminar is designed to allow students to delve deeply into current issues and controversies in patent law. The seminar is co-taught by two partners from the law firm of Irell & Manella who...

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R. Sander

A growing body of evidence suggests that high levels of housing segregation in the U.S. are the root cause of persistent black/white gaps in mortality, employment, cognitive skills and general...

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D. Beglin

In this seminar, we will explore the philosophical basis for the distinction that we draw between adults and juveniles. Our focus will be on this distinction in the criminal law context. Why treat...

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K. Stark

“Proposition 13”—the famed “tax revolt” initiative championed by Howard Jarvis and approved by California voters in June 1978—added Article XIIIA to the California Constitution. By its terms, the...

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N. Zatz

Low-wage work is widely seen as both the cause of poverty in the United States and the solution to it and other social ills. It is structured by a changing labor market, a globalizing economy,...

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G. Blasi S. Cummings I. Eagly V. Narro J. Schwartz R. Sears

This seminar focuses on public interest lawyering through a close analysis of case studies and the discussion of recurring issues in public interest practice. In this course, students explore social...

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K. Abou El Fadl

This seminar introduces students to the field of Islamic law. It is designed to give students a firm grounding in the principles, concepts and terminology of Islamic law. Islamic law is one of the...

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D. Dolinko

The seminar will focus on what (if anything) makes it morally permissible for the state to inflict “hard treatment” on people, against their will, provided they have been found guilty of criminal...

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M. Greenberg S. Munzer L. Sager S. Shiffrin

The Legal Theory Workshop brings leading scholars from around the world to discuss their works in progress with law students, graduate students in philosophy, and interested faculty. All the papers...

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T. Malloy

This seminar examines the theoretical underpinnings of several major types of regulation, as well as the practical issues involved in implementing and enforcing each. We will explore the selection...

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E. Scallen S. Shiffrin E. Volokh

This year-long seminar is designed for advanced law students who wish to develop and complete a full-length, high-quality legal article (or “comment”) of publishable quality. The seminar will meet...

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C. Hessler

This seminar explores major legal controversies afflicting the digital economy. In particular, the seminar asks how “property” and “monopoly power” should be defined to promote prosperity when...

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B. Nyblade

This is a seminar focused on guiding students conducting original empirical legal research. It introduces the fundamentals of research design, statistics and data analysis in the first half of the...

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L. Stemple

Sexual politics cut across issues in human rights, encompassing debates about gender equality, cultural relativism, sexual orientation, human trafficking, and HIV/AIDS. This seminar explores the role...

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C. Horowitz H. Kaur

Global climate change has emerged as the most significant environmental, if not societal, issue of our era. This seminar will explore cutting-edge public policy, legal, and scientific challenges...

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J. Chacón

This seminar will explore a broad set of issues relating to noncitizens and the criminal enforcement system, including: the bureaucratic bonds between the criminal enforcement and immigration...

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I. Anabtawi

This seminar allows students to write a seminar paper on a topic of their choice, subject to instructor approval, in the field of mergers and acquisitions. The course consists of three parts,...

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J. Cantor

This seminar explores selected issues in reproduction through the lenses of law, justice, and medical ethics. We will examine how the institutions of law and medicine, as well as society itself, have...

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P. Arenella F. Olsen

This seminar will help prepare students to defend clients charged with crimes, especially in difficult or controversial cases. It explores how, why, and when injustices arise and develops tools to...

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S. Hecht

More than half of the U.S. population lives near a coast, and we rely on coasts and oceans for a variety of important services like food, transportation, recreation, energy, and goods movement. ...

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K. Raustiala R. Steinberg

This course is intended for those interested in sophisticated international legal argumentation or those interested in scholarly debates over international law. The seminar will explore competing...

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J. Kohli V. Narro

“So what is our role as lawyers? How can we make transformative work—both in our profession and our communities—real? I do not know the answers to these difficult questions. I do not even know if...

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A. Wang

Over the last 35 years, China has embarked on an unprecedented effort to build a legal system and a cadre of lawyers, judges, and law professors essentially from scratch. The progress of that effort...

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B. Emerson

This course will examine the nature of “the executive power” from legal, theoretical, and historical perspectives. The executive branch exercises vast legal authority, in the form of executive...

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D. Carbado K. Crenshaw L. Gómez

Students will participate along with faculty in the law school's weekly Critical Race Studies Workshop. Every week we will discuss a work-in-progress. These works will be presented scholars across...

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R. Steinberg

This seminar briefly introduces students to international criminal law, then focuses on contemporary issues facing the International Criminal Court (ICC). At each weekly class meeting, we will...

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L. LoPucki

In an increasingly globalized world, corporate law is becoming international. Companies operate across borders, and lawyers are expected to understand foreign systems. This seminar provides both an...

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S. Falsafi

In the United States and abroad, policy makers and educators are increasingly driven by the idea that high school graduates must emerge ready to conquer college and the rapidly changing...

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R. Sears

The HIV/AIDS epidemic is one of the greatest public health crises of the past four decades and has resulted in significant legislation and public policy geared toward both infected and affected...

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E. Decker

This comparative course focuses on the global legal environment in which national security and counterterrorism efforts function today. The course focuses on a comparative analysis of the different...

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S. Kim

This course provides an overview of the legal profession, including the business, culture, and ethics of lawyering in different practice contexts. Ethical issues for lawyers will be studied as they...

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D. Cohen

This course will cover a wide spectrum of legal issues relating to contemporary news media, including the laws of defamation, privacy, newsgathering and intellectual property. While we will focus on...

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J. Salzman J. Zasloff

Water law presents a unique mix of federal and state regulatory regimes over a resource that is scarce yet ubiquitous and, of course, essential to life. In this course, we will consider different...

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L. Mead L. Taylor

This two-unit course examines the judicial process and supports judicial externs. Readings and discussion will address: the roles of judges, clerks, research attorneys and externs in drafting...

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G. López

This Seminar will immerse students in “rebellious lawyering” – the name given both to a particular vision of problem solving practiced by growing numbers of lawyers and to the broad movement...

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L. Sager

Our Constitution does not include a single reference to God, yet devotes more attention to religious liberty than to any other liberty-bearing feature of our constitutional jurisprudence. And our...

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